• Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street."

  • McClain County house fire leaves one dead

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 58 min ago

    Bonnie Hurdelbrink, 59, was killed after her house near Blanchard caught on fire early Sunday morning, according to the McClain County sheriff’s office.

  • AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost; 3rd Malaysia airline shock

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain. The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Italy: 1 person dead, another injured in fire disaster on ferry bound from Greece to Italy.

  • The Year's 29 Most Spectacular Space Photos

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The year 2014 was a stellar one for spaceflight, what with ESA's Rosetta mission putting a robotic lander on a distant comet and NASA successfully testing its Orion spacecraft. But 2014 was also a great year for space photography.

  • 'Harry Potter' Star David Ryall Dies at 79

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who's best known to mainstream American audiences as “Harry Potter's” Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.

  • Fight breaks out in Opry Mills Mall food court

    Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Metro Police responded to reports of a large fight in the food court of Opry Mills Mall Saturday evening.

  • Retiring forecaster leaves grim task behind

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A weatherman who offered predictions in Arkansas for 40 years is stepping down at the end of the week. John Robinson has toiled behind the scenes at the National Weather Service since 1974. Since 1998, he's been in charge of making sure weather warnings reach their intended audience — and has had to log where every person in the state died because of bad weather. Robinson says tornado outbreaks in 1997, 1999, 2008 and last April stand out. He says that while technological advances have made the public safer, it's up to people to make sure they receive warnings and have a way to protect their lives. The meteorologist in charge at North Little Rock for the past 16 years, Renee Fair, is a

  • Congress likely to make key decisions on drones

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January. Meanwhile, except for a small number of companies that have received FAA exemptions, a ban on commercial drone flights remains in place. Even after rules are proposed, it is likely to be two or three years before regulations become final. That's too long to wait, say drone industry offi

  • Indigent defense idea to get first test in US

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — A Texas county is set to be the first place in the U.S. to test the idea of allowing indigent defendants to choose their own court-appointed lawyers. Indigent defendants in Comal County, between Austin and San Antonio, will be able to choose a defense attorney from a list to 30 to 50 names pre-approved by the court. Legal experts say the new system may allow defendants to be more invested in their cases and encourage attorneys to provide quality service or risk losing future business. The program, funded by a $200,000 grant, will be tried for a year and then assessed. Indigent defense systems have long been criticized for large caseloads, inadequate funding and spotty quality.

  • In 83 speeches, senator pushes for climate change

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change. In his last speech before Congress adjourned, the senator warned that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record. It was a familiar sight: Whitehouse has given a speech about climate change each of the last 83 weeks Congress has been in session. He never has to give the same speech twice, he says — there are plenty of new angles to take on such a big problem. The Rhode Island Democrat's ever-changing, ever-present floor speeches — warnings over rising sea levels, warmer oceans, eroding coastlines and more — make him the Senate's loudest, most persistent voice

  • Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer died after being shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself Saturday afternoon in Arizona. Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center, police said. Stewart is the second Flagstaff police officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. On June 21, 2000, Officer Jeff Moritz, 30, was killed after he pulled over a teenager as the teen drove around his neighborhood in a truck playing loud rap music. Stewart was looking for the man — identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott — about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Avenue when Smith fired several shots at the officer, police said. Smith then shot himself and was pronounced dea

  • Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking.

  • Kessler leads No. 24 USC to 45-42 win over Huskers

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't until Nelson Agholor knocked down a desperation pass by Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. inside the 10 that Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian could exhale and celebrate. After blowing most of an 18-point, third-quarter lead, the No. 24 Trojans beat No 25 Nebraska 45-42 in a wild Holiday Bowl on Saturday night. "Nelson made a heck of a play to go attack the football," first-year coach Sarkisian said. "You can only get burned so many times, I guess. Let's just get the ball on the ground. And that's kind of what I was hoping for." Cody Kessler completed 23 of 39 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns for USC (9-4), which was playing Nebraska (9-4) in a bowl game for the first time.

  • Norman father, son make up a judicious duo in courts

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Norman attorney Blake Virgin has served as a municipal judge for 30 years, and his son, Jeff, is soon to be sworn in as a district judge.

  • AT&T Oklahoma president connects innovation with farm-grown values

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Yesterday

    Since Steve Hahn took the state president’s job for AT&T in May, he’s crisscrossed Oklahoma, speaking to civic leaders and others about pushing the company’s network into the state’s smaller communities and rural areas.

  • Cheyenne-area resident Sage Kimzey is on top of bull-riding world

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Sage Kimzey, 20, of Cheyenne, became the world champion at the National Finals Rodeo in just his rookie season at age 20.

  • Oil plunge, evolving Oklahoma City skyline top business stories in 2014

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Earthquakes, dropping energy prices, rattle Oklahomans in 2014 while downtown Oklahoma City grows.

  • Satirical 'Book of Mormon' comes to Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Broadway show “The Book of Mormon” won 9 Tony Awards, including best musical. It will be presented at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall for eight performances starting on Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma State University team works to make helping robot a reality

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Two Oklahoma State University researchers received a three-year, $725,000 award from the National Science Foundation to develop a new type of social intelligence for robot companions or “co-robots.”